37/02 - Global E-Learning: Even students in China can tune in live and on-line to German lectures on Internet security

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37/02 - Global E-Learning: Even students in China can tune in live and on-line to German lectures on Internet security

Peking/Trier. Starting tomorrow the People's Republic of China will allow its students to participate live and on-line in Internet lectures abroad. This is what Professor Christoph Meinel (48), Director of the Institute for Telematics e.V. in Trier, told journalists today. Starting October 29 the computer science students of the Peking Polytechnic University will participate every Tuesday and Thursday, together with other Internet users, in Meinel's lectures on Internet technology. The lectures will be held live on the Internet under http://www.tele-task.de between 8.15 and 10 local time. The focal point of the on-line lectures held in English transmitted using the latest technology will be "the flaws and weaknesses" of the Internet. Prof. Meinel is a Computer Science Professor (C4) in Trier, Germany's oldest town.

As Prof. Christoph Meinel, in the early morning hours German time, presents the problems of Internet security in his lecture room using his laptop and acting in front of a web cam, it is already afternoon in China and still night in the US. "Anyone who missed the lecture can go to http://www.tele-task.de and download a recorded session at a later convenient time" says the scientist. Tele-task provides a drastically simplified access technology developed in Trier, which simply needs an ISDN or DSL connection and a "Real Player" to work. In this way anyone interested can without any problems and comfortably connect live to the Trier University lectures on Internet security using his home or office computer or get them downloaded later.

"Tele-task stands for Teleteaching Anywhere Solution Kit" says Prof. Christoph Meinel. Not only flicker-free picture and clean tone of the speaker can be transmitted, but also synchronised, large-sized video content of the presentation as well as additional materials, graphics and computer animation. The transmission speed ranges from 38 kBit/s to 300 kBit/s (standard) up to between 800 and 900 kBit/s - the quality standard required for DVD. If using ISDN speed, Tele-Task can guarantee a picture format of 850 (horizontal) x 500 (vertical) - more than any current transmission technology can offer.

With the lecture topic "Internet security" Prof. Christoph Meinel meets a special wish expressed by the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Sciences at the Peking University, Professor Baocai Yin (39). He spent the summer here in Trier doing his research semester. Three young computer science students from Peking, who were awarded  post-graduate scholarships, have been working at the Institute for Telematics e.V. since last autumn. While taking part in top research projects at Trier, the Chinese scientists have already contributed to international scientific conferences in the US, Scandinavia and Greece. At the beginning of October another three scholarship holders from Peking arrived at Trier.